2144. Lower Ashley Road (3)

Never really at risk of slipping through the net, but posted much later than I had hoped is this magnificent piece by Sled One at the bottom of Lower Ashley Road where construction work has begun. It didn’t take long for the construction company to disrupt any street/graffiti art from making it onto this hoarding, but I think this piece survives.

Sled One, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, February 2019
Sled One, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, February 2019

Sled One brings us another creature from his imagination which spells out the word ASK. I think it is a cat – he does a lot of cats – but it is the sketch of a fish on the cat’s shoulder that really makes me smile, so simple but so engaging.

Sled One, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, February 2019
Sled One, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, February 2019

For the last couple of months Sled One has been on a real roll, and it is always an immense pleasure to see his work on the streets. I must get round to updating his gallery.

Meow!

Advertisements

2118. M32 roundabout J3 (135)

Yet another remarkable Sled One piece that almost got away. This end of the M32 wall is near a tree, and for most of the day, on sunny days, the wall is dappled with sunlight and Shad, which renders it almost impossible to photograph successfully. I had to return a couple of times to catch it on a rather more overcast day to capture it in all its glory.

Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2018
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2018

Sled One appears to churn out these extraordinary pieces with such ease, although I expect that is not the case at all… perhaps the mark of an artist at the top of his game. In Bristol right now, Sled One is probably the greatest story teller through his art, every piece containing a strong visual narrative (is that a thing?). I’m not too sure what the story is here, but the man in the ‘D’ of SLED appears to be running away from something. Always great to find pieces by this gifted artist.

2082. Nelson Street (8)

My oh my! A couple of weeks ago this utterly remarkable collaboration by Smak and Sled One appeared on the hoardings in Nelson Street which have in recent times been a bit of an ASK playground. It is quite one of the best collaborations I have seen for a long while, and I don’t think that Bristolians, in the main, realise just how privileged we are to have art this good decorating our streets.

Smak, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019

On the left of the wall is a magnifcent oriental style leopard in rampant attitude rather menacingly advancing towards a poor unsuspecting child.

Smak, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019

This is one of the finest character pieces I have seen by Smak, and it seems that he is planing on doing more, which is great news.

Smak and Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak and Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019

The whole collaboration is set on a grey background and shares a general colour palette of greys, reds and yellows.

Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019

To the right of the wall we are spoiled by a magnificent story from Sled One, where a crane is delivering a little baby suspended in a cloth from its beak. It looks like the baby is prepared to take on the leopard as it is armed with a samurai sword and is wearing a mask. Even the red decorations on the grey patches of the piece ooze class.

Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019

This is not the first time that Sled One has incorporated a samurai into his work and is would appear to be a theme he enjoys. This is a world-class collaboration that we in Bristol are lucky to have and I thoroughly recommend that anyone living in Bristol makes a detour to Nelson Street to see it if planning a shopping trip to the centre.

2060. Dean Lane skate park (197)

When these two get together, it is always a recipe for something interesting, rarely missing the mark. Sled One and Smak have collaborated on this wall before at least once and possibly many times, but this is an absolute peach.

Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2019
Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2019

The two have used a McDonald’s theme for this collaboration, using the corporate colours of the food giant. I confess that I find it a slightly curious brand to celebrate, but that is my snobby bias coming into play, which I am not particularly proud of. Sled One has incorporated some fries and bubbling cheese into his writing which is utterly sharp and brilliant.

Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2019
Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2019

Smak takes the fun a little further with a little slogan ‘the big Smak and cheese’… very droll. Again, this is a supreme piece of writing, so sharp and clean. A great coming together of ASK and RAW. I rather like the bicycle, which I had to keep moving out of the way, but it kind of goes well with the yellow of the piece. So good.

2018. Lower Ashley Road (2)

Sled One has absolutely smashed it with this extraordinarily brilliant piece of graffiti writing on the new hoardings at the bottom end of Lower Ashley Road. Sadly, the developers have already placed batten squares all over the hoardings in preparation for advertising posters (I guess). How sad that our world is dominated by consumerism and money. These boards were a creative outlet for Bristol street artists to share their art with fellow citizens. Instead, drivers will have to endure seedy adverts desperately thrusting lifestyle aspirations at us in an attempt to sell their grubby products to swell their shareholders wallets. Capitalism is driving everything towards the lowest common denominator of money. No wonder the world is in a mess.

Sled One, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2019
Sled One, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2019

Back to the art and the joy it can bring to our hearts. Sled One is one of the artists I rate most highly in Bristol and this piece (which spells out SLED) is a fine example of his work. He had to paint this in two sessions as he was ‘moved on’ I think when he was sketching it out. Thank goodness he had the perseverance to come back and finish it off. I hope the artists find a way of keeping these hoardings alive, but I fear it could be difficult.

Sled One

A collection of the most extraordinary character street art and graffiti writing by Bristol artist Sled One.

All photographs taken by Scooj

Sled One, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, February 2019
Sled One, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, February 2019
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2018
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2018
Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2019
Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2019
Sled One, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2019
Sled One, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2019
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Sled One, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2018
Sled One, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2018
Sled One, Thomas Street, Bristol, October 2018
Sled One, Thomas Street, Bristol, October 2018
Sled One, Brunel Way Bridge, Bristol, September 2018
Sled One, Brunel Way Bridge, Bristol, September 2018
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Sled One and Smak, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Sled One and Smak, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Sled One, Raleigh Road, Bristol, January 2018
Sled One, Raleigh Road, Bristol, January 2018
Sled One, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2017
Sled One, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2017
Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2017
Sled One, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Sled One, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Sled One and Epok, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Sled One and Epok, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Sled One and Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2016
Sled One and Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2016
Sled One, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Sled One, St Werburghs Tunnel, Bristol, June 2017
Sled One, St Werburghs Tunnel, Bristol, June 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout Bristol, June 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout Bristol, June 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2017
Sled One, Magdalene Place, Bristol, December 2016
Sled One, Magdalene Place, Bristol, December 2016
Ments, Sled One, Epok, Peal, Meds, Wilder Street, Bristol, February 2017
Ments, Sled One, Epok, Peal, Meds, Wilder Street, Bristol, February 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2017
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2017
SledOne, Unity Street, Bristol, September 2016
SledOne, Unity Street, Bristol, September 2016
SledOne, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, December 2016
SledOne, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, December 2016
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2016
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2016
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2016
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2016
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2016
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2016
Sled One and Epok, Armada Place, Bristol, June 2016
Sled One and Epok, Armada Place, Bristol, June 2016
Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2016
Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2016
Sled One, Old Bread Street, Bristol, June 2016
Sled One, Old Bread Street, Bristol, June 2016
Sled One, Moon Street, Bristol, October 2016
Sled One, Moon Street, Bristol, October 2016
Sled One, M32, Bristol, July 2016
Sled One, M32, Bristol, July 2016
Sled One, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2016
Sled One, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2016
Sled One, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2016
Sled One, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2016
Sled One, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2016
Sled One, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2016
Sled One, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Sled One, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Sled One, M32 Roundabout,Bristol, June 2016
Sled One, M32 Roundabout,Bristol, June 2016
SledOne, Unity Street, Bristol, June 2016
SledOne, Unity Street, Bristol, June 2016
Sled One, St Werberghs, Bristol, May 2016
Sled One, St Werberghs, Bristol, May 2016
Sled One, Old Bread Street, Bristol, November 2015
Sled One, Old Bread Street, Bristol, November 2015
Sled One, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2016
Sled One, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2016
Sled One, Ashley Road, Bristol, 15 April 2016
Sled One, Ashley Road, Bristol, 15 April 2016
Sled One, Old Bread Street, Bristol, November 2015
Sled One, Old Bread Street, Bristol, November 2015
Sled One, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2016
Sled One, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2016

1972. M32 roundabout J3 (119)

There are not enough great words to describe the work of Sled One. One after another he turns out the most incredible pieces that explode with colour and imagination. I have noticed that often his compositions are amalgamations of bits of ideas that all come together to create a magnificent whole.

Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019

This piece is quite extraordinary, pulling together bird parts to form a bird skull/head stuffed with leaves and plants. Another bird wing and beak juts out of the back of the head – I am not sure what is happening there.

Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Sled One, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019

The whole piece, although adorned with a cartoon smile and glint in the eyes, also for me has a darker side, but I can’t put my finger on why that might be. Even his signature is classy, a pink neon moniker a la Voyder. So Good.